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CANCELLED - Iteratively Optimizing User Perceived Performance in Rails

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  • Nook Media

    3400 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, CA (map)

    37.404034 -122.147453

  • Building 1
  • Due to impending deadlines, we must move this MeetUp to another date in January.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope those of you who are interested will be able to attend then.

    Hello Rubyists!

    Our next meetup will be at Nook Media!  They are hiring!  

    They are going to raffle off 3 Nook devices:

    1. NOOK HD+  (HD+ is the 9" color tablet includes Google Play)

    2. NOOK HD    (HD is the 7" color tablet includes Googe Play

    3. PlayGlowLight (Revolutionary new E Ink reader)

    This amazing meetup is going to be Game show style where Matthew will introduce the topic, show the app then have contestants work through optimizing.

    The gang is:
    MC: Matt Holloway

    Contestant 1: Michael Righi

    Contestant 2: Billy Truong

    Contestant 3: Jocelín Zamudio


     Iteratively Optimizing User Perceived Performance in Rails

    Food and beverages will be provided by Nook as well. Please RSVP as soon as possible since space is limited. 


    6:00 - 6:45 Networking

    6:45 - 7:00 Announcements

    7:00pm - let the game show begin!

    8:00pm - Raffles

    Till 9pm - more networking.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

    Kindest regards,

    Jeanine Swatton


    Jocelín Zamudio

    Originally from Mexico City, Joceliín is a software developer who has spent most of her programming career using Java. During her first two years of working at Barnes & Noble/Nook she moved from NYC to CA and from Java to Ruby. She enjoys running, dancing, and tricking her coworkers to swear in Spanish.

    Billy Truong

    Billy was made in Vietnam and assembled in USA.  He graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona some light years ago and spent most of his life in Los Angeles (currently living in Milpitas, CA). Billy has worked at various companies including - Barnes and Noble, - Electronic Arts,,,, Disney Interactive using technologies including Java, Ruby on Rails, NodeJS, Mongo, Oracle, Mysql, Redis, Memcache Classic ASP, PHP, Visual Basic.  His favorite technologies currently are NodeJS, Ruby and Rails, MongoDB.
    Besides coding for a living, Billy also codes for fun on his own, trying to create something with every new technology learned.  For non-geeky fun, Billy loves to hang out with friends and coworkers at at a bar or club.   He is crazy for house/trance music which causes him to go extremely wild.
    Michael Righi
    Michael Righi is a software developer at These days he codes in Ruby. Before that it was Java. His hobbies include code golf, 3d printing eyewear, and swearing in Spanish while losing at table tennis.

    Matt Holloway

    Born in England, raised in Canada, Matt is now happy to call Mountain View home and work.  Matt's life was shaped in the 80s, growing up with big hair, Duran-Duran, Depeche Mode and the dawn of personal computing.  From the early days on his Commodore Vic-20 and 8088, he knew this computer thing had legs, and after a few party filled years in college, finally entered the workforce ready to flex his C chops on the new king of Operating Systems: OS/2.  
    Since those early years, Matt has moved from C to C++ to Visual Basic, to Java and now has landed on Ruby.  In his spare time, Matt loves to read (The Soul of a New Machine – Tracy Kidder is his favorite), code, bike, run and play with his cats.  Matt is also 'king' of trash talk at the office Ping-Pong table.

    Nook (Company) Bio:

    NOOK Media is an exciting global company whose mission is to change how people read and learn.NOOK Media is positioned to seize the incredible growth opportunity in the nascent digital content market. With its vast relationships with publishers, unique ability to reach readers and students and its award- winning devices, NOOK Media is well positioned to thrive as a leading digital content and technology company. It also has established partnerships with the leading technology company, Microsoft, and leading higher education publisher, Pearson.

    With large domestic footprints in both New York and our beautiful, new, state-of-the-art campus in the historic foothills of Palo Alto, CA, NOOK Media, now nearly 700 employees globally, has a unique culture, enjoying the open and entrepreneurial feel of a start-up

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    November 4, 2013


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